December 18th, 2009

writing, pen

Proper Poet - for Sam

A little piece for that interlude by the stone trolls, when Sam shows his hidden side.

Proper Poet

An artist’s eye,
And a poet’s heart,
A gardener’s caring for all that is living,
A steady hand
That knows what’s right,
With courage to see the night through to the day.

A longing for language, the beauty of words,
A thirst for all mystery and wonder.
To desire in his dreams places afar
But to hold to the earth
As he reaches the sky:
Samwise.
Proper poet.

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writing, pen

Weathertop - a set of six

It was dark beneath the dell at Weathertop

This being a set of six that go together, I'm including them in one post. They are mostly from Frodo's POV, with some of Sam and Aragorn. It being the subject matter it is - Angst alert!

This set was awarded First Place in the Late Third Age Poetry category, MEFA 2008.

Hollow
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Dark Under the Dell
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Put It On
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The Glory of Shadows
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Fading Away
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Becoming Like Them
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Arrival in Rivendell & Rivendell Reflection

A chance at life

The first piece resembles more a running train of thought from Gandalf's point of view than anything else, not top quality but I'm including it anyway. A companion piece to this might be found in the short story "Approach". With it is Rivendell Reflection, from Frodo's viewpoint after awaking.

Arrival in Rivendell
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Rivendell Reflection
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Rivendell's Refuge

Gentle, the last Homely House

This homage to Imladris was one of my very early works, but I still have a fondness for it. I remember a lady in Ireland sending me a copy of this printed out very nicely with a colour border for me to sign and send back as she wanted to frame it in her "Rivendell themed" sitting room - it was very heart-warming and humbling.

Rivendell's Refuge
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bilbo

Traveler from Gondor & Mithril Coat

Enter Boromir, stage left - while Bilbo imparts yet another treasure

The first one is essentially a character sketch for Denethor's eldest as he descends on Imladris for the Council - the second is a look at the treasure that Bilbo gave, and it wasn't necessarily a coat.

Traveler from Gondor
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Mithril Coat
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writing, pen

Oath-Taking & Elfstone

Preparing to depart, enduring and promising

The first here is somewhat heavy in its presentation, more like getting a lecture than hearing a song if that makes sense - but I like the ending. The second is a double-layered work for Arwen bidding Aragorn farewell, in which there is a short poem woven into the longer one, look for the indented words (I had to use underscores to make it indent). The green Elfstone that Aragorn took that part of his name from signified healing and wholeness.

Oath-Taking
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Elfstone
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booktower

Homesick

There's no place like home

This was an interesting find - I wrote this poem on Sam's homesickness for the Shire twice, once as a free prose and then went back over it and placed the same concept into a simplistic structured pattern. I have only the faintest recollection of doing this.

Homesick: "prose" styled
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Homesick: "patterned" version
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booktower

Treacherous Snowfall

What a deception, and treachery deep,
Was that soft kiss of snow on the warmth of the cheek.


What would this tale be without at least one poem for Caradhras, who defeated their attempt aand sent them thus to the darkness of Moria below? But snow is so light and so pretty...what harm could a few flakes do?

Treacherous Snowfall
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Gimli's Hope & Dwarven Lords

Here lies Balin, Lord of Moria

Two poems for the Dwarves here, the first being Gimli's surety that somehow, some way Balin's ill-fated colony had survived, the second being a poetic examination of the Dwarven Lords, their world and their fate.

Gimli's Hope
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Dwarven Lords
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Chasm & Mirrormere

Fallen, fallen...

Chasm is a brief mourning piece after the loss of Gandalf, so suddenly taken from them, and is essentially Frodo's point of view but could apply to Aragorn as well. With it is Mirrormere, a little different from my usual writing in that it dives more deeply into symbolism and philosophical thinking - part of me likes it and part of me thinks it needs work because I was 'trying too hard'. I think I was reading things like Thanatopsis at this time and it shows.

Chasm
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Mirrormere
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booktower

Sorrowing Nimrodel & Watching over Lorien

Where has the silver maiden gone?

I was taken with Legolas' sad tale of Nimrodel and the stream named for her, one of Tolkien's many 'tales within a tale' that give his storytelling such depth. This is a 'shaped'/concrete poem on a simple scale.

With it is a poem experimenting with a ABba stanza, honoring Haldir and the others who spent so much of their time guarding their pocket of peace from the wars that surrounded them - this one could use some editing, I think, but has some decent turns of phrase.

Sorrowing Nimrodel
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illumination

Lothlorien & Returning to Lorien

White and golden, gold and white

A longer poem in homage to the beauty and peace of timeless Lothlorien, Dreamflower.

With it I'm placing a sonnet written from Aragorn's point of view as he returns to Lorien, remembering his time there with Arwen in the past.

Lothlorien
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Returning to Lorien
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Grieve Not & Crystal Imperishable

Do not grieve that you yet have life

Galadriel's words to Gimli, who mourned for the loss of the glory his kind once knew - an amazing kindness between them, a comfort and a clear message of wisdom from one who knew intimately of the ravages Time could bring and the passing of seasons. With it I'm including Crystal Imperishable for the gift she bestowed on him and the faithful admiration he gave in return.

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Crystal Imperishable
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writing, pen

The Banks of the Anduin

He stands over me, crowned with stars

I bring my collection that covers the events of the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring, to a close with the dark encounter along the river bank, turned aside with an Elven bow. This is Frodo's point of view, his instincts, memories and fears.

The Banks of the Anduin
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